Allan Skuce from Canada was in London on business and travelled to Edinburgh to visit relatives. In Edinburgh, Allan contacted Borders Journeys as he wanted to visit the area around Crawfordjohn and Wanlockhead where his wife Lorna’s Williamson ancestors belonged.
We took Allan to Crawfordjohn Churchyard in South Lanarkshire where we found many of Lorna’s ancestors and relatives. The earliest headstone that we located was for Lorna’s four times great grandparents, Thomas Williamson & Margaret Hislop. Allan was delighted to take photos of the headstones and church to share with Lorna when he returns home.
Crawfordjohn Parish Church closed for worship in the 1980s and is now a wonderful Heritage Museum which records the history and culture of the parish. Anyone who had Crawfordjohn ancestry and is interested in researching their lineage, the museum has a wonderful archive of research material. The museum is open from May to September on a Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. For more information visit Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture website.
Afterward we travelled to Wanlockhead where some of the Williamson family became lead miners.
Wanlockhead is the highest village in Scotland (1531 feet / 467 metres above sea level) and sits at the head of the Mennock Pass in the Lowther Hills in Dumfriesshire. Lead, zinc, copper, silver and gold were mined in the village. The gold is amongst the purest in the world at 22.8 carats and was used to make the Scottish Crown. The Miners’ Library is the second oldest subscription library in Europe and was established on the 1st November 1756.
Wanlockhead is a wonderful village to visit as you can go underground and experience life in an 18th century mine or try to make your fortune by panning for gold. If you’re looking for some peace and tranquility away from the crowds then this is the place to visit.
Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. He will research your family history with commitment and enthusiasm, connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.
We design a tailor-made ancestral tours especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you’ll connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you’ll have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from.
More photographs from Allan’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.